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Omega-6 fats may help prevent type 2 diabetes

A diet rich in omega-6 fats, contained in foods such as soybeans, sunflower seeds and tofu, can significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, scientists say.
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A diet rich in omega-6 fats, contained in foods such as soybeans, sunflower seeds and tofu, can significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, scientists say

A diet rich in omega-6 fats, contained in bean and seed oils, can significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, scientists say.

Researchers discovered 'striking evidence' of the link, which showed a 35% level of protection in people with the most omega-6 in their blood.

This is despite recent concerns that the fatty acid may trigger inflammation, leading to an increased risk of chronic diseases.

Lead author Jason Wu, from the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia, said the study showed little evidence of harm from the fats.

'A simple change in diet might protect people from developing type 2 diabetes,' he said.

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